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AfroAsiatic Perspectives 23: The Ever-changing Evolution of Blackness

Takuan Amaru A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending an event hosted by Black Creatives Japan. Black Creatives is a social-media group for independent, progressive-thinking people of Afro-descent. Ms. Ayana Wyse, the organizer of the event, stressed … Continue reading

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AfroA 22: Have “Uncle Tom” and “Sellout” become the definition of Success?

  Takuan Amaru What do HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, the Breakfast Club’s Charlamagne tha god, and ESPN’s Sage Steele have in common? All of them, at some point, have been labeled by critics a sellout or … Continue reading

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AfroAsiatic Perspectives 21: Reflections on my Trip to America: “Everyone’s Gay!”

Takuan Amaru When I announced I would be traveling to the U.S. to participate in some book festivals to an American friend who had recently visited there following almost a decade of living overseas, her response was thought-provoking. “Tak, America … Continue reading

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AfroAsiatic Perspectives 20: Japan or the USA? Take your Choice…

Takuan Amaru “I can’t believe the U.S. still condones (primitive ideals like) racism…it’s the 21st Century. What I mean to say is, in Japan we discarded out-of-date notions like racism decades ago!” ~this is what a 33-year-old Japanese salaryman said … Continue reading

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AfroAsiatic Perspectives 19: Are you a Second Class Citizen?

Takuan Amaru Takuan Amaru Many people are offended if Caucasians are referred to as “Cracka” or “Honky,” claiming these monikers are racist terms. But history demonstrates these words are based on class as much as race. After all everyone in … Continue reading

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AfroAsiatic Perspectives 18: Will the Real American Please Stand Up?

Takuan Amaru What does it mean to be “American?” When Japanese attempt to label me thus, I always reject the term because to them, being American means eating at fast food joints, wearing your shoes in the house, and growing … Continue reading

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AfroAsiatic Perspectives 17: Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Contribution…in 35 Years

Takuan Amaru “What I suffered physically was worth what I’ve accomplished in life. A man who is not courageous enough to take risks will never accomplish anything in life.” ~ Ali at a news conference on October 28, 1984 Exactly what … Continue reading

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